About the Author
Rafal Milach (b.1978) works as a freelance photographer for various Polish magazines, such as Newsweek (Poland). He has won multiple awards for his work, among them the the World Press Photo Award and New York Photo Festival Award and POYi Best Photography Book Award.
In 2006 together with 10 other Central Eastern European photographers, Rafal created a photo collective Sputnik Photos, to document, promote and spread knowledge on transition issues in CEE countries. Rafal is a lecturer at the ITF (Institute for Creative Photography) the Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic.
Rafal’s photos were exhibited at e.g. C/O Berlin, Zacheta National Gallery of Art, MoCA Shanghai, Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Art in Japan. They have been also presented within Photoespana, Look3, Rencontres Photogrphiques d’Arles.
Svietlana Alexievich (b.1948) is a Belarusian investigative journalist and prose writer. Her most notable works in English translation are about first-hand accounts from the war in Afghanistan (The Boys of Zinc) and a highly-praised oral history of the Chernobyl disaster (Voices from Chernobyl). Alexievich has been awarded many international awards, including NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE PRIZE (NBCC), New York (2006, Oxfam Novib/PEN Award (2007)